Finally, for those wondering if the Linton 85 can convey (or inspire) powerful emotions, try listening to them play ‘The Door’ from Hildur Gudnadóttir’s soundtrack to the opening episode of the HBO mini-series Chernobyl [Deutsche Grammophon, MQA]. The track features eerie high percussion elements set against ominous, throbbing low-bass passages, with warning hints of midrange voices woven in and through the composition. The entire track brilliantly expresses the terrible threat posed by the as-yet-undiscovered nuclear reactor failure. Listening through the Linton 85s, ‘The Door’ becomes an unnerving experience that triggers a fear response.
Here are some tips. If the Linton 85s have too much bass for your room, try moving them well away from walls, which helps. Next, for best imaging use plenty of toe-in. Last, keep the grills on; the smooth the sound, enhance imaging, and minimise diffraction.
Wharfedale’s Linton 85s are ideal speakers upon which to base truly affordable high-end audio systems. In fact, they are so good that for many listeners they will serve not only as a high-end audio starting point, but also as a wonderful end-destination.
Wharfedale Linton 85th Anniversary Limited Edition loudspeakers
Type: Three-way, bass reflex, stand-mount loudspeakers, sold in mirror-imaged left/right pairs.
Driver complement: 200mm woven Kevlar cone bass, 135mm woven Kevlar cone midrange, and 25mm fabric soft-dome tweeter.
Crossover frequencies: 630Hz, 2.4kHz
Frequency response: 40Hz – 20kHz, ± 3dB
Sensitivity: 90dB (2.83v @ 1m)
Impedance: 6 Ohms nominal, 3.5 Ohms minimum
Dimensions (H xWxD): 565 x 300 x 360mm (incl stands)
Price: Speakers £999/$1,198 US. Stands/Plinths: £100/$300 US
Manufactured by: Wharfedale
Tel: +44(0)1480 452561
US Distributor: MoFi Distribution
Tel: +1 (312) 738-5025